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Portland Thorns Bring in Sinead Farrelly to Bolster the Midfield


Having lost two midfielders in the recent NWSL expansion draft, the Portland Thorns brought in box-to-box midfielder Sinead Farrelly to bolster the center of the pitch. Farrelly was acquired from FC Kansas City in exchange for the Thorns' 2014 second round draft pick.

Farrelly, 24, will be familiar with new Thorns coach Paul Riley; he drafted her out of college to his 2011 Philadelphia Independence side before the WPS folded following that year. In that season, however, Farrelly and the Independence made it to the WPS championship game, where they lost to the Western New York Flash.

In her 2013 season with FCKC, Farrelly was a regular contributor, although she failed to lock-up a starting position. Playing 16 games for the NWSL's second place finishing team, Farrelly played all over the pitch, helping FCKC to a +12 goal differential, but only scoring once herself.

The Thorns' press release:


PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland Thorns FC have acquired midfielder Sinead Farrelly from FC Kansas City in exchange for the 16th overall selection in the 2014 National Women’s Soccer League College Draft, it was announced today.

Sinead is a versatile player and was one of the best box-to-box midfielders in WPS," head coach Paul Riley said. "She is smooth, intelligent and has an engine second to none. Having coached her before, I know her strengths and she brings a lot to the table and will be a great addition to our 2014 team. She will relish playing in Portland’s atmosphere and she has the potential to be a fan favorite."

Farrelly, 24, appeared in 16 matches (10 starts) and recorded one goal for FC Kansas City during the inaugural NWSL season in 2013. Following the NWSL season, Farrelly was loaned to Cyprus club Apollon Limassol LFC through Jan. 31, 2014. The second overall pick by the Philadelphia Independence in the 2011 WPS Draft, Farrelly scored one goal in 14 regular-season appearances as a rookie. She played every minute of the postseason as the Independence reached the WPS Championship, falling 5-4 in penalty kicks against the Western New York Flash.

A native of Havertown, Pa., the former University of Virginia standout earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors four years in a row (2007-10) and was named ACC Offensive Player of the Year during her senior season in 2010. A two-time MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist, Farrelly gained extensive youth national team experience at the U.S. U-15, U-16, U-17, U-20 and U-23 levels. She earned her first call into U.S. Women’s National Team training camp Feb. 3-9, 2011, as the senior team began preparations for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Farrelly was also called into senior national team camp in May 2011.

Portland still holds the 11th overall pick in Friday’s NWSL College Draft, along with picks in the third round (25th overall) and fourth round (34th overall).

Sinead Farrelly
Pronunciation: SH-nade FAR-lee
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5-5
Born: Nov. 16, 1989, in Havertown, Pa.
Hometown: Havertown, Pa.
Last Club: FC Kansas City
College: University of Virginia